10:30 p.m. - Post-race comments from race winner Johnny Sauter: 

“I can’t believe we’re fifth in points. If you would have told me that, I would have called you a liar. It was a phenomenal day for us, especially coming off last week when we thought we were so close and ran out of fuel. Today, the motor was really fast and this is a truck I’ve had a lot of success with this year and haven’t been able to close the deal. I can’t say enough about (crew chief) Joe Shear and all these guys. It was an unbelievable night for ThorSport Racing as a whole – my teammate finished second and we won the race and picked up our first win. It’s been a long time since I’ ve won a race in NASCAR so this feels pretty damn good. 

“First and foremost, I hope a lot of people take notice that ThorSport is for real and can contend for wins week in and week out. This place is for real and for me to have the opportunity to drive fulltime again ... it wasn’t but a year ago that I was doing start-and-parks in the Nationwide Series out of the garage at my house. To get the opportunity to race fulltime, that’ s pretty cool. Anymore, there are a lot of good drivers out there that don’ t have jobs – I could name five of them right now that are very deserving of opportunities but there just isn’t anything so this is a big deal for me.”

 

10:08 p.m. - Post-race comments from second-place finisher Matt Crafton:

"We had a pretty good truck and we definitely felt we had a top-three truck, we just couldn't get track position. We just had to roll the dice right there at the end and we did and we got back ... but my truck just didn't have the speed that Johnny Sauter's did - wow, was that thing fast."

(You made up 20 points on Ron Hornaday Jr. but still trail by 197 points with five races remaining.)

"It was a decent points day. We made up a few points but it wasn't what we need. The thing that I'm happiest for is (team owners) Duke and Ron Thorson finishing 1-2. That's definitely the first time they ever did that. I can't be happier for them.

"We've just got to keep doing what we're doing; we can't hit the panic button. If we finish second in the points, we're going to be happy with it. Ron (Hornaday Jr.) went through that middle portion of the season where he went on his tear there and I was leading the points up until that point and he had a phenomenal mid part of the season. I don't wish him any bad luck (but) that's what it's going to have to take for us to be able to catch him. Keep doing what we did tonight - beating him by three spots - that definitely isn't going to do it."

10 p.m. - Post-race comments from third-place finisher Jason White:

"Our team (ThorSport Racing) has worked so hard this year and to come from where we've come to where we are now is pretty awesome. Not that many people know about our team but we're a smaller team and for us to be able to, first, qualify third and then to get out there and race with these guys -
Matt and, of course, Johnny -- to be able to run with those guys was pretty cool."

9:12 p.m. - Johnny Sauter became the third driver to earn his first Truck Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, joining David Starr (2002) and Shane Hmiel (2004).

8:59 p.m. - Johnny Sauter passed Matt Crafton for the lead with 16 laps remaining and held on for his first Camping World Truck Series victory in the Las Vegas 350. Crafton finished second and was followed to the checkered flag by Jason White, Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters. Sauter's margin of victory was 2.474 seconds - the largest winning margin in 13 truck races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

8:41 p.m. - Brian Scott brushes the wall in Turn 4 on lap 119, bringing out the fifth caution of the race. Most of the leaders pit but Matt Crafton stays out and is leading the race. Jason White, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Mike Skinner round out the top 5 under caution on lap 122.

8:33 p.m. - With 40 laps to go, Johnny Sauter leads the Las Vegas 350 and is followed by Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton and Jason White.

8:19 p.m. - Here is the top 5 at lap 80: Ron Hornaday Jr., Todd Bodine, Johnny Sauter, Jason White, Matt Crafton.

8 p.m. - Debris on the racetrack on lap 51 brings out the fourth caution of the race.

7:59 p.m. - The top 10 on lap 50: Colin Braun, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, Rick Crawford, Mike Skinner, Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton, Aric Almirola , Jason White, Todd Bodine.

7:47 p.m. - Ricky Carmichael spins in Turn 4 on lap 35 and brings out the third caution of the race. Rick Crawford is leading the race.

7:32 p.m. - Rookie Brian Ickler spins in Turn 4 on lap 22 and brings out the second caution of the evening. Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race as the leaders hit pit road.

7:20 p.m. - Rookie Tayler Malsam brings out the first caution of the race on the fourth lap when he spins coming out of Turn 4. Johnny Sauter is leading the race under caution.

7:16 p.m. – After a brief delay, Todd Bodine leads the field of 35 truck   to the green flag to start the Las Vegas 350. Bodine is in search of his  third victory of the season and his second in the Las Vegas truck race.

6:41 p.m.
- Drivers are given the command to "start your engines."

6 p.m. - Driver introductions are being held on the speedway's tri-oval. The start of the Las Vegas 350 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

4:37 p.m. – Qualifying is over and Todd Bodine, the 2005 Las Vegas race winner, has captured the pole for the Las Vegas 350 with a speed of 173.371 mph. Johnny Sauter was second fastest at 173.005 and will start on the outside of the front row. Jason White (172.866), Ron Hornaday Jr. (172.640) and Colin Braun (172.331) rounded out the top five. Defending race winner Mike Skinner will start 16th.

4 p.m. – With about half the field having made qualifying runs, Johnny Sauter holds the provisional pole with a lap of 173.005 mph. Jason White is second (172.866) and Ricky Carmichael is third (172. 172).

3:30 p.m. – Qualifying is underway! David Starr’s No. 24 Toyota is the first truck out and posts a lap of 171.565 mph but Jason White betters that lap with a 172.866 and holds the early pole.

2:40 p.m. – Some quick facts about the Las Vegas 350: In each of the past four Truck Series races at LVMS, the margin victory has been less than 1 second. ... Rick Crawford will make his 12th start in a truck race at LVMS today, giving him more starts here than any other driver in the series. ... Former motocross champion Ricky Carmichael had never taken a lap around the 1.5-mile LVMS tri-oval before this morning’s first practice but had turned in the second-fastest lap (173.338 mph) by the end of the second practice. ... Although he never has won a truck race at LVMS, Ron Hornaday Jr. has an average finish of 7.875 in eight career starts here. ... Five of the 12 Las Vegas truck races have been won from the pole. ... Last year’s Las Vegas 350 had an event-record 12 caution periods. The 2002 race had only two cautions. ... Hornaday has a series-leading six victories this season and holds a 217-point lead over Matt Crafton in the series standings.

1:30 p.m. – Mike Skinner, who has won the pole for two of the past three Camping World Truck Series races, will be looking to capture his 50th career Truck Series pole this afternoon. Skinner is a three-time pole winner at LVMS – having won three straight from 2004 to 2006. After leading the first practice session this morning, Skinner slipped to ninth in the final practice with a speed of 172.106. He said he always enjoys racing at LVMS.

“I’m not sure what it is about the track, but it really seems to suit me well,” Skinner, the defending race winner, said of LVMS. “We have sat on a bunch of poles at Vegas and are fortunate to have won two of the last three races out there. Some tracks just really seem to fit drivers and Las Vegas fits me really, really well. It’s a great racetrack and, hopefully, we can add another win there this year.”

1:05 p.m. - Johnny Sauter was in a good frame of mind after posting the fastest lap in the final practice session in the No. 13 Chevrolet. Sauter's lap of 173.807 mph came after he was second fastest in the opening practice. "We unloaded really fast and usually when you can do that, you can tweak on it all day," Sauter said. "This is the truck we sat on the pole at Texas with and it's just always had a lot of speed. Hopefully we can back it up and keep going."

Sauter said his truck's performance today, coupled with his recent success on the track, has him feeling confident going into qualifying this afternoon and the race this evening.

"In the Truck Series, track position is everything so if we could sit on the pole, that'd be hu ge," said Sauter, who has finished in the top five in each of the past four races. "If we do everything right, hopefully we'll have a shot at the pole. We've been so close the last two weeks to winning our first race ... maybe today is the day."

11:22 a.m. - Mikey Kile spun coming out of Turn 4 and slid through the infield grass about 35 minutes into the second practice session. After a brief inspection of the track, practice has resumed. Johnny Sauter has posted the fastest lap of the second practice so far at 173.182 mph.

10:45 a.m. - The second and final practice session has started and the No. 6 truck of Colin Braun is the first on the track. A total of 28 trucks (of the 35 entered) made it onto the track during the first practice session. The final practice will run until noon and qualifying for the Las Vegas 350 will begin at 3:30 p.m. Ron Hornaday Jr., who is making his ninth start in a truck race at LVMS, will be the first truck to qualify.

10:15 a.m. - The first practice session has ended and Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Toyota remained atop the speed chart with his lap of 173.773 mph. Johnny Sauter was second fastest in the No. 13 Chevrolet at 173.617 and Jason White was third fastest at 173.321. Todd Bodine, the 2005 Las Vegas race winner, was fourth at 172.944 and David Starr, the 2002 race winner, rounded out the top five at 172.900. The teams and drivers will have 30 minutes to work on their trucks before returning to the track at 10:45 a.m. for the final practice.

9:45 a.m. – With 30 minutes remaining in the opening practice session, two-time Las Vegas truck race winner Mike Skinner has moved to the top of the speed chart with a fast lap of 173.773 mph in the No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota. Skinner has two victories (2006 and 2008) at LVMS and has started from the pole three times (2004, 2005 and 2006).

9:10 a.m. – Good morning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway where it is shaping up as a beautiful day for the 13th running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Las Vegas 350. It’s sunny and 82 degrees and the forecast calls for a high temperature of 102. Twenty-three trucks are on the track for the first 75-minute practice session. Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 Curb Records Chevrolet has turned the fastest lap so far at 173.388 mph. Be sure to check back here often, as we’ll be updating this blog throughout the day with news, stats and driver interviews.